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Summerfield graduating class of 2014,
Quest University Graduate 2018

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Interest in the World Inspires Life Long Learning

"Play is the work of childhood" - Jean Piaget

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Creators and Makers Develop Critical Thinking

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Rich, Diverse Curriculum for Initiative and Purpose

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Music Awakens the Inner Life and Enlivens the Soul

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"All Education is Physical Education" - John Ratey

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Request our information packet and tell us about your child. We offer preschool through high school Waldorf education on our beautiful 38-acre campus and farm in Sonoma County. The school was established in 1974 and is the only school in the state with a working Biodynamic farm on its campus.

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Come and see first hand the richness and depth of Summerfield’s curriculum where experiential learning builds students’ capacities. Experience a day in the life of Sonoma County’s oldest independent school, where academic excellence is cultivated and inspired learning takes place daily.

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Thank you for considering Summerfield Waldorf as you embark on the journey of choosing a school for your family. Summerfield is uniquely positioned to engage its students and faculty, creating a learning environment that fosters the awakening consciousness and abilities of students academically, socially and artistically.

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IDEAS.TED.COM: Every Kid Needs to Feel Seen

One of the best scientific predictors for how a child turns out, in terms of happiness, academic success, and meaningful relationships, is whether adults in their life consistently show up for them. At Summerfield our teachers strive to see and recognize each of their students, greeting them each morning individually, and working with them over multiple years to build on their unique strengths and meet their individual challenges so that they can thrive. Every kid needs to feel seen — here are 2 ways you can [...]

‘Friends of Waldorf’ Making a Difference in Iraq

A senior project reveals the power of Waldorf education to transform the lives of of displaced children in Iraq By Petal Held, SWSF Class of 2021 Mere decades ago, Iraq’s educational system surpassed that of almost anywhere else in the Middle East. The country was renowned for the success of its level of learning, and highly regarded as one of the most developed educational systems in the transcontinental region. Universities there, such as the University of Baghdad, were known worldwide to be places of excellent schooling. [...]


Summerfield parent Paul Zehrer, director of the Waldorf-100 films, has written and directed a new movie about the effects of technology on children. can find more information about it on the website: In the filmmakers’ words… #Kids On Tech “Our team came to this topic long before Covid and not as filmmakers, but as parents raising young children between the ages of one and nineteen. Moms and dads at our kids’ schools all ask the same questions: ‘How much Youtube does your kid watch?’ ‘Did you [...]

At all stages of education, Summerfield’s curriculum is designed to develop not only the student’s mind but also their character. It develops empathy, collaboration, and shared responsibility between students, teachers and the world around us, cultivating openness to possibilities and a sense of stewardship. Course content focuses on giving students an in-depth understanding of the subject at hand while providing them a context to work on themselves as emerging individuals.

Meaningful Learning

Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm teaches students to be creative, critical thinkers with a strong moral compass, who are open and resilient, and can turn challenges into possibilities. This approach to learning integrates the arts with academic rigor, and experiential, hands-on activities. Students are provided with the opportunity to take risks, think imaginatively and embrace new opportunities with initiative, creativity, and resilience.

Creative, Critical Thinking

Summerfield is accredited by both AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). The courses offered exceed the University of California’s admissions requirements, and Summerfield students score consistently high on SAT scores for Sonoma County while enjoying acceptance at the colleges and universities of their choice. Summerfield high school students engage in a comprehensive study of a variety of disciplines.

A Proven Path to Success

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Our Programs

Early Childhood

Our early childhood program provides children with a calm and joyful experience filled with magic and reverence.

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Lower School

The lower school curriculum is dynamic and diversified, offering humanities, mathematics, science and the arts.

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High School

The high school curriculum inspires students to be active in their own learning and understand how to educate themselves.

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